Franz Hoppenstätt (died 1657 or 1658) was a German-Estonian wood carver.
Life and works
Franz Hoppenstätt probably came originally from Bremen. His work is evident in Estonia from the 1640s. From 1653 he was a citizen of Tallinn. There he worked as a wood carver. His Early Baroque works that were decorated with splendid acanthus ornamentation have become famous.
Particularly well known works include:
- The coloured pulpit of the church of Järva-Jaani made by Hoppenstätt with its magnificent carvings (1648)
- The decorated wall of the funerary chapel of Bogislaus von Rosen in St. Nicholas' Church, Tallinn (1655)
- The door of the house, Pikk tänav 71, in the old town of Tallinn.
None of the works bear Hoppenstätt's signature, so their attribution to him remains in doubt; but all three works are by the same artist.
Hoppenstätt died in the late 1650s, probably of the plague.
- Decorative wall of the funerary chapel of Bogislaus von Rosen (English)
- Ev. Luth. St. John's Church in Järva-Jaani
- The Decorative Screen of the Chapel of Bogislaus Rosen. English text of the Art Museum in Estonia.
- Destroyed during a Soviet air raid on Tallinn in March 1944, albeit fragments remain
- Eesti Elulood. Tallinn: Eesti Entsüklopeediakirjastus 2000 (= Eesti Entsüklopeedia 14) ISBN 9985-70-064-3, p. 94
- Art Museum of Estonia
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